Weekly Phyz-Nerd Topic: Part Zero

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Weekly Phyz-Nerd Topic: Part Zero

Hello happy readers — of which I have no idea if you number among the many or the few (read: still only Amanda T.) — I’ve decided to change things up just a little bit. I’m still going to blog just the same, but I would like to add a weekly edition. 

Every week I’ll choose a physics/astronomy topic and post about it. So what would you like to know?  Gimme some suggestions! Have a hankering to understand a little bit about quantum entanglement?  Wondering what the hell this “dark energy” is all about? Something the matter with dark matter?  Nothing is too taboo. Sockyatome (preferably in the comments)!

-Stevie

P.S. For your viewing pleasure:



Comments [9]

Tex's picture

I've always been fascinated by

black holes....I think you and I have touched on this before.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ou3TukauccM&feature=related

Got a question about the star being 'eaten'. What is shooting out of the center  as it is being eaten?

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Stevie's picture

black hole jets

Hi Tex, I promisepromise I will talk about black holes. I want that post to be real good so I'm compiling info to give ya. For now though, those are called "jets." They're giant columns of charged particles that are being ejected by the black hole. Don't get me wrong, they're not coming from inside the black hole event horizon. Nothing that goes into the black hole ever comes out. In that video particles from the star are being pulled in and around the black hole. Moving charged particles create magnetic fields. It is believed that the black hole's tangled, spinning magnetic fields -- generated by the star's charged matter spinning around it -- causes some sort of overload that creates those ginormous jets. Really, no one knows right now. It's a pretty active area of research in astrophysics. Also, very interesting, those jets (when pointed at the Earth, so we see them in our telescopes) are some of the brightest objects in the Universe.

Great question!

Tex's picture

Too elementary a thought, but

are you saying the 'jet' is a sort of exhaust? Or is it along the lines of 'for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction' and something had to give?

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karrr's picture

eye

2nd black holes!

Stevie's picture

weekly topics

Excellent suggestions!! Keep em comin!

minniesota's picture

Entropy

I'd like to know more about entropy and why it matters. Pun intended. Smile

Still searching for the right brainy quote.

Rusty's picture

String theory, please

String theory, please

"When you look for the bad in mankind expecting to find it, you surely will." ~ Pollyanna

Grace Moon's picture

hah

I love the something the matter with dark matter...

but i would really like to understand quantum entanglement.

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Not2Taem's picture

Quantum Entanglement

is when you realized you the girl who used to be your FWB has transitioned and is the guy your mom invited you over to meet because now that your dad is gone, she really needs a new love in her life.